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My family and other animals
Durrell, Gerald, 1925-1995.
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Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, 2000.

Physical Description:
xiii, 273 pages ; 20 cm.
Reading Level:
1240 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 9 21 Quiz: 25736 Guided reading level: NR.
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QH151 .D8C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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When the unconventional Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. "My Family and Other Animals" was intended to embrace the natural history of the island but ended up as a delightful account of Durrells familys experiences, from the many eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their home.

Author Notes

Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species.

His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

The Speech for the Defencep. xi
Part 1 The Migrationp. 3
1 The Unsuspected Islep. 7
2 The Strawberry-Pink Villap. 17
3 The Rose-Beetle Manp. 27
4 A Bushel of Learningp. 40
5 A Treasure of Spidersp. 50
6 The Sweet Springp. 63
Conversationp. 75
Part 2
7 The Daffodil-Yellow Villap. 83
8 The Tortoise Hillsp. 95
9 The World in a Wallp. 110
10 The Pageant of Firefliesp. 123
11 The Enchanted Archipelagop. 137
12 The Woodcock Winterp. 151
Conversationp. 169
Part 3
13 The Snow-White Villap. 177
14 The Talking Flowersp. 191
15 The Cyclamen Woodsp. 205
16 The Lake of Liliesp. 220
17 The Chessboard Fieldsp. 236
18 An Entertainment with Animalsp. 252
The Returnp. 271